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Proclamation recognizing Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Mayor Bower, former alderman Cliff Sargeon and Queen Mother (Maxine McFarlane) participate in Raytown Proclamation of Martin Luther King Day. 

There will also be a celebration on Jan. 16th at Blue Ridge Presbyterian at 3:00 PM.

After the Proclamation Queen Mother sang her signature song, “Pass It On”

Click HERE for an interview with Queen Mother and more of her singing.




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WHEREAS,the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., challenged our Nation to recognize that our individual liberty relies upon our common equality. In communities marred by division and injustice, the movement he built from the ground up forced open doors tonegotiation. The strength of his leadership was matched only by the power of his words, which still call on us to perfect those sacred ideals enshrined in our founding documents; and 

WHEREAS, though we have made great strides since the turbulent era of Dr. King’ movement, his work and our journey remain unfinished. Only when our children are free to pursue their full measure of success — unhindered by the color of their skin, their gender, the faith in their heart, the people they love, or the fortune of their birth — will we have reached our destination; and                ?

WHEREAS, recognizing that our Nation has yet to reach Dr. King’s promised land is not an admission of defeat, but a continued call to action. In these challenging times, too many Americans face limited opportunities, but our capacity to support each other remains limitless. Today, let us ask ourselves what Dr. King believed to be life’s most urgent and persistent question: “What am I doing for others?”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, David W. Bower, Mayor of the City of Raytown, Missouri do hereby proclaim January 17, 20 11, as

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

in the City of Raytownand encourage all residents to observe this day with appropriate civic, community, and service programs in honor f Dr. King’s life and lasting legacy.

Signed this 4th Day of January, in the Year Two Thousand and Eleven.


                      David W. Bower, Mayor

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